{Back to School in Style} Spoof Up Your Binders & Notebooks

August 21, 2014

So, I’ve talked a lot this week about getting ready  for school to begin. Uniforms, backpacks, other school supplies…. So much to purchase. Why ot have a little fun and personalize these items to match your personality? I gave Julia a small budget and creative license, and asked her to decorate her 3-ring binder and […]

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{Back to School} Supplies

August 20, 2014

I’ve been talking a lot about back to school supplies this week, and for a good reason – school starts soon! Are you ready? I have quite the list of items to purchase this year. I am shopping for two in 8th grade, one in 7th, one in 5th, and two in 2nd grade. Shopping […]

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{Back to School In Style} Backpacks and Lunchbags

August 19, 2014

As you can imagine, buying as many school supplies as I have to, we are on the look-out for great deals. We didn’t have to look far for good value and great prices on backpacks for my little guys. Since we aren’t sure if we will be purchasing school lunches through the lunch program, we […]

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#LeapPad3 by #LeapFrog {Review}

August 18, 2014

We are a very digital family. All of my older kiddos have their own smart phones; my younger kids play on our iPads, Kindle Fire, and often my phone or Ray’s phone. But, before they even started using these more advanced devices, my little ones all had LeapFrog tablets. Our newest LeapFrog device is the LeapPad3. It […]

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{Back to School in Style} Uniforms

August 18, 2014

My oldest three kiddos are attending a charter school this year. One with a very strict uniform policy. They must wear brown khakis, white or blue polos, and very “formal” attire – complete with a tie for the boys – on Wednesdays. The polos do have to be special polos – ones with the school […]

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A Great Foundation : My New Beauty Must Have

August 18, 2014

I’m always on the lookout for great beauty products. Until recently I’ve only used a BB Cream, but finding the perfect foundation has become key to my beauty routine. In the summertime especially, I don’t like anything heavy on my face, which is why I gravitate more towards BB Creams. However, I was excited to […]

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illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask {Review}

August 15, 2014

Last week I told you about my daily skin care routine and how I tried a new device that I believe caused my skin to detox, thus breaking out a bit. Well, now that my skin has cleared, I only have good things to say about the illuMask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask. The illuMask is available at […]

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Back to School Already?

August 13, 2014

Yes, it’s that time of year. Almost gone are the late nights and sleeping in. School starts in less than two weeks. Summer is just about over and back to routine we go. It’s time to get those backpacks loaded up with school supplies, gather items for the classroom, and piece together outfits and uniforms. We will […]

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It’s Your Birthday

August 12, 2014

Hey Noah, I’m not sure how it happened, but you are now SEVEN years old, and today we celebrate YOU! It seems like yesterday Dad was rushing me to the hospital to deliver you. Just like so many times throughout your life, you were eager to show face. In fact, I almost delivered you in […]

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My Essential Oils Skin Care Regimen

August 11, 2014

I was talking with some of my friends not too long ago about how I use Young Living Essential Oils. They were blown away by how many I use and for what purposes. Among many other, I shared with them how I use the oils to keep my anxiety and depression at bay, how I […]

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Herdez Cocina Mexicana Bowls :: A great after school snack for growing boys!

August 8, 2014

I have lots of boys. Six, in fact. Big boys and little boys, but all are growing at an alarming rate. Because of this growth, my boys are always hungry. I don’t just mean they need snacks often; I mean that my boys can eat 3 or 4 full meals between breakfast and dinner. I’m […]

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Do You Believe Heaven is for Real? #HeavenIsForRealMovie

July 31, 2014

We like to have movie nights here in the Young house; they are always quite the treat. Pizza, popcorn, and sweet treats are always part of the plan, and we’ll cozy up on the couch with blankets no matter how hot it is outside! All of my kids were excited to see the movie Heaven is for Real, and […]

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Back to School Events You Don’t Want to Miss

July 30, 2014

I just got off the phone with the head honchos at Walmart – John Forrest, Phillip Oaks (who leads back-to-college for Walmart.com), and Stephanie Reibling (she’s the vice president, merchandising for home management at Walmart U.S.) They had some great news about how Walmart is bringing us some great savings this Back to School season. As Stephanie said, just moments ago, “Walmart […]

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Save More with Savings Catcher

July 30, 2014

I’ve been shopping at Walmart and telling y’all all about it for quite some time. Not much has excited me more than the latest news – You can now be certain you are spending as little as possible with as little work as possible! No more scouring circulars from each store in town to compare […]

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Staying Active & Feeling Good

July 23, 2014

Exercise has never been a priority for me. I’ve never played any sports, and I most certainly wouldn’t call myself active. Unless you call running after seven kiddos all day active. For a bit, several years ago, I did try to establish a regular exercise routine, with the help of the WiiFit. I ran in […]

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Create your own Farmer’s Market for a #brightfuture with #ProjectSunlight

July 21, 2014

Last month I told y’all about Unilver’s Project Sunlight and promised that I would share which of the Sunlight Summer Activities I chose. Timmy and I proud to present you with our very own Farmer’s Market! Not only did we reduce our carbon footprint by growing our own herbs, but we made a positive impact […]

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Summer Nails with Sally Hansen Triple Shine

July 18, 2014

I love having pretty nails. So does Julia. In fact, we have quite the colorful rainbow collection of nail polish. We were both excited to try the new Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Color from Walmart. Of the 29 available colors, we were sent seven to try, plus a bottle of clear Top Coat to lock […]

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Invisalign Straight Talk

July 7, 2014

As you may know, we were given the opportunity to take part in a campaign that would allow both of my twins to receive Invisalign treatment. They both had a mouth full of over-crowded teeth and, because of it, they rarely smiled. It was estimated that both boys would need to wear the invisible aligners for […]

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Mini Patriotic Luminaries

July 3, 2014

I’ll fully admit that I am a procrastinator. So, the fact that I was making some festive patriotic decorations the day before the 4th of July should not be surprising. Honestly, I wish I had made these little gems much earlier, so I could display them longer. Oh, who am I kidding? I live in America and […]

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Fresh Stone Fruit from Walmart makes great Summer Treats

July 2, 2014

My kids and I love fresh peaches, nectarines, and plums; the juicy stone fruit doesn’t last long around here. So, when Walmart asked me to highlight their stone fruit and the 100% freshness guarantee, I jumped on the opportunity. I think my kids were just as excited as I was. In fact, I had to […]

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Building a Marriage that Lasts a Lifetime (from a not-so-perfect wife)

June 26, 2014

I remember my Grandmother telling me before my wedding, and just after she and my Grandfather celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, that I did not yet know true love. She explained that making it through hard times together would intensify my love for Ray, but ultimately loving him would be a daily choice. I couldn’t imagine then that […]

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Archery: My New Favorite Pastime

June 22, 2014

I’ve shot guns since I was young. In fact, I bought my very first gun – a .22 rifle – when I was a teenager. My siblings and I would practice target shooting with my parents when we would hike through our property. But, I never imagined I’d take up archery. I certainly was never opposed […]

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